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Conflict Diamonds Hitting Stores Near You

BLOOD DIAMONDS Most consumers still cannot be sure where their diamonds come from nor whether ON THE HIGH STREET they are financing armed violence. In November 2011, Zimbabwe was reinstated to the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme despite evidence of human rights abuses in the production of its diamonds. Global Witness The Kimberley Process is the global certification scheme which aims to assure consumers their diamonds are 'conflict-free'. But the definition of 'conflict diamond' used by the Kimberley Process only covers diamonds funding rebel armies in areas of conflict. The Kimberley Process definition of 'conflict diamonds' does not cover violence by governments against their own people. Countries that participate in the Kimberley Process Countries that do not participate in the Kimberley Process At the hands of the Zimbabwe 200 army in Marange: Women and children have reportedly been forced to work in the mines, and local villagers beaten, tortured and forced to relocate. Marange diamond mines MINERS KILLED Yet, under the Kimberley Process, Zimbabwe diamonds have been in government takeover of Zimbabwe diamond fields in 2008 certified conflict free. $60,000,000 Corrupt Officials in Zimbabwe Lining their Pockets 50% The Zimbabwe government owns at least 50% of all companies mining the Marange diamond fields. Over $60 million (£38 million) of mining revenue suspected of funding President Mugabe's personal allies. Zimbabwe to Produce 10% of the World's Diamonds in 2012 The Kimberley Process is allowing conflict diamonds into Zimbabwe's Diamond Production Top Diamond Producers 2010 Zimbabwe was the 7th largest diamond producer in the world. Production soars due to discovery of huge diamond deposits in Marange. Production expected to rise further the market. If your jeweller can't tell you where your diamond was carats 40 still in 2012. Russian Federation Botswana 8.4m carats 9m Congo (DCR) Canada Australia mined, they can't guarantee it's conflict-free. South Africa Zimbabwe Angola 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 Namibia Year Sierra LeoneI Produced by Ingle & Rhode carats

Conflict Diamonds Hitting Stores Near You

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Zimbabwe was recently re-admitted into the Kimberley Process, despite evidence that diamond mining still funds corruption. Here are the facts and why purchasing from an ethical jeweler is so important.

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